Local News

  • Alliance’s Gallinas River clean-up set for April 26

    Submitted to the Optic

    In honor of Earth Day, Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, along with partners Tierra y Montes, the New Mexico Highlands University Conservation Club and Keep Las Vegas Beautiful, will host the Gallinas River Clean-Up from 9 a.m. to noon on April 26.

    This clean-up will focus on the river and riparian area along the Gallinas in Las Vegas, though there will be a number of volunteer crews sent up into the Gallinas Canyon, and the Friends of the Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge will participate at the refuge.

  • Looking Back - April 16, 2014

    In 1964
    Tuesday, April 14 — Last Squad members attending the 26th annual meeting in Las Vegas are Martin Rapp, Harry Armaigis, Don J. Turner, E.M. Barber, Harvey Taylor, Earl Phillips, Walter Kalbo, Jim Roseberry, George Lingnau, John Burns, Dr. Paul D. Henry, Charles Hilton, Ivan Hilton, M.E. Noble, S. Omar Barker, J. Harvey Brown, W.A. Poe, Carl Hursh, Beth B. Gray and Rex Morrison.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 16, 2014

    Silent Voices of WWII
    Glimpses of the Past program, 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center in 116 Bridge St. This month’s topic is “Silent Voices of WWII: When the Sons of the Land of Enchantment Met the Sons of the Land of the Rising Sun.”

  • Weather - April 16, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. West wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming north in the evening.

    A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.


  • Correction - April 16, 2014

    An article that appeared in Friday’s Optic about the T-4 Ranch wanting to be annexed into Quay County should have stated that while the Bidegain family has had oil and gas leases in the past, it no longer does, according to Phil Bidegain.

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    A story in Monday’s Optic about the Ward 1 runoff election should have said that incumbent Tonita Gurule-Giron has a Master’s in Business Administration.

  • Helping out
  • Art Auction to benefit Animal Welfare Coalition

    By Jennifer Rowland

    More than 40 New Mexico artists, including local favorites David Perez Escudero, Amber MacLean, Diane Moreno, Meredith Britt, and David Lobdell, have donated original works to ArtBark, an art auction to benefit the Animal Welfare Coalition Animal Shelter in Las Vegas.

  • Saving the Castañeda

    It’s been about 50 years, but Lurline Bennett still remembers her father stepping in and saving the Castañeda Hotel.

    “The Santa Fe Railroad was just going to tear the Castañeda down and just sell the bricks,” she recalls. “Not one person came forward and said, ‘No, we need to save the Castañeda.’ My father was the only one who said we can’t let that happen. We have to save the building.”

    What a difference 50 years makes.

  • Holi Festival
  • Ward 1 runoff set for Tuesday

    CORRECTION - April 16 - A story in Monday’s Optic about the Ward 1 runoff election should have said that incumbent Tonita Gurule-Giron has a Master’s in Business Administration.

    The last time they faced off, incumbent Tonita Gurule-Giron ended up with just nine more votes than challenger Oliver L’Esperance, sending both candidates to a runoff election.

    With such a razor-thin margin separating the two candidates vying for the Ward 1 city of Las Vegas Council seat, both have been pulling out all the stops.